Picking the Right Floor For Your Gym

Before you go buy your weights and fitness machines for your new home gym, you’re going to need to designate a workout space and start preparing it: shelves, mirrors and most importantly, a new floor. Exercising on hardwood or plastic tile floor is going to leave you feeling sore, miserable and potentially injured. There are several advantages to using rubber for your gym floor over other materials.

Rubber Gym Mats are the Best Material for Exercising Safely

Rubber is a material that cushions the joints. Familiar floor materials like plastic or hardwood have no shock absorption. An athlete’s every move will be pushed back up into their limbs, placing a lot of unnecessary stress on the joints and muscles. The rubber puzzle’s resilience is what makes it a suitable material on which to lift weights and put other potential strain on the body.

Rubber Floors Absorb Shock and Noise

A rubber floor would absorb most sounds made in the room, muffling them so they don’t reverberate throughout your home and disturb others. If you dropped a heavy weight-lined bar on a tile, plastic or hardwood floor, you might damage it. One of the biggest advantages of a rubber floor is the simple fact that it absorbs the shocks and noises that come when you drop heavy things on it.

Rubber Gym Mats Protect Your Floors And Exercise Machines

Rubber is a practical choice from a property owner’s perspective. By placing a rubber gym mat over the flooring and then placing the machine on top, you will be able to protect both your flooring and the sanity of whoever lives in the room beneath your gym. Rubber gym mats also prolong the lives of your exercise machines by acting as a barrier, separating them from the dust and carpet fibers that could make their way into the crevices and vulnerable parts of your machinery. Exercise machines are incredibly expensive; you should want to do everything in your power to prolong their use as long as possible.

Drawbacks to a Rubber Floor

While rubber gym mats are the only way to go when planning a floor for your personal exercise space, this choice of flooring doesn’t come without its drawbacks.

A Rubber Floor is Expensive

The biggest disadvantage to installing a rubber gym floor in your home is that rubber is very expensive to get installed. You might be able to find low quality materials for as little as $2.00 per square foot, but when it comes to your own safety and the value of your home, you wont want to skimp out on important details like this.

Rubber Puzzle is Susceptible to Water and Staining

While rubber is nonporous and resistant to basic spills, it is still liable to seepage, which can damage or warp the floor beneath. If possible, invest in a water vapor barrier when installing your rubber gym floor, to protect the flooring beneath. Grease, detergent and other abrasive cleaning materials can be damaging to the quality and appearance of your rubber flooring.


You will want to install a rubber floor in the space you intend to make your personal gym. Not only does rubber hold many advantages for a gym floor including being resistant to spills and protecting your floors, but it is also the only logical choice to protect your body. Placing a rubber puzzle over your flooring will not only protect the material beneath, it will also protect your exercise machines from damage. Rubber is costly to install, however, and susceptible to water seepage and staining.